Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

That sound you hear...

...was going to be the sound of me blowing my own horn. No, I'm not playing trumpet again. Haven't done that since the 90s and we are all much, much, happier. Ok, maybe I'm not, but it would be painful for everyone involved if I put a horn to my face right now.

I was asked to compile a list of stuff that I've done since the last half of 2007. I was going to put that list up here, but it would have been a total vanity thing. The list might pale in comparison to what many of you do but it made me feel pretty damned good about what I've been doing. My video collaboration, Carnival Daring-Do, will have been screened no fewer than 14 times in 2008. That is, if I may indulge, pretty freakin' cool.

The real issue in my life is patience. I am tremendously impatient with my own life. I've been measuring my abilities and accomplishments against composers with a 10 - 15 year head start. I'm 34. I've done a heck of a lot in that time, especially considering that I didn't seriously start composing until I was 20. Hell, I didn't even seriously start doing electroacoustic music until 2005. I have a long way to go, but you know something? I'm going on that way.

I'm not where I was 10 years ago. Ten years from now, I'm going to be someplace else. The only thing artistic goal that I have is to stay mercurial in my quest to be whoever I am at that time.

Well, this blog post took a hell of a lot longer than I anticipated. And it didn't go where I thought it was going to go. Sounds like something I'd make, all right!